Two schools in Idaho received 10,000 dollar grant from the INL, one of those schools is right here in east Idaho. Studetns at Sandcreek Middle School in Idaho Falls had an assembly to celebrate. Summer Joy was there and joins up to tell us more.
In six weeks this classroom is going to look completely different. It will be filled with, STEM equipment, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to help these middle school students become our future leaders. Today was an exciting day for Sandcreek as they received the check to help get their STEM program in motion.
“The biggest benefit is going to be for the kids remembering their hands on experience instead of just learning out of a book or pictures,” said Mike Jarvis, a science teacher at Sandcreek.
The grant money for Sandcreek will also be used to purchase equipment and materials including iPads and a document camera. The other school receiving the makeover grant money is, Genessee School, their students are using the money to build a water conservation station. INL also awarded over 30 mini grants to teachers to help improve their classrooms.
“We are helping create the next generation of scientist and engineering and recruiting our future laboratory employees we are looking for the best and the brightest and we know that some of them reside right here,” said Anne Seifert, the Manager for STEM Education.
Sandcreek also plans for this grant money to reach beyond their doors.
“We are actually going to invite schools to come into our school and we are going to break them up into groups and have our students actually lead them through science and math activities with hands on things that excite them. So hopefully when they go back to their school they say, ‘wow that was fun and I learned a lot about math and science,’” said the Principal, Lyndon Oswald.
The funding comes from Battelle Energy Alliance, a non-profit organization, which operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy.
“This grant was huge for us because we have basically become dumpster divers trying to find science supplies. Now we are going to be able to start our student led science program. So it’s amazing to get this kind of money,” added Oswald.
INL awards these educational grants every year. Any school in Idaho can apply; you just have to go to www.inl.gov and click on the education programs section.